Dealing with Decibels - Best Practices for Your Hearing Conservation Program

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Prerecorded Event
60 minutes
Product Description

Comply with OSHA CFR 1910.95 and MSHA 30 CFR Part 62 Requirements


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that 30 million U.S. workers are at risk of noise-induced hearing loss from workplace exposure. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA CFR 1910.95) and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA 30 CFR Part 62) require that a Hearing Conservation Program (HCP) be implemented to reduce and manage the risk of hearing loss in workers. Yet, many professionals who have responsibility for worker safety and health have not received enough training to fully understand the real-life challenges in meeting the regulations and preventing hearing loss in workers.

Compounding this, workplace noise exposure is not the only factor that can cause compensable hearing loss liability to the employer – for example, exposure to certain chemicals can also result in compensable hearing loss. Add to that the fact that noise is measured in non-linear units and noise exposure is measured and calculated in more than one way (per OSHA 1910.95) – this means that workers’ exposures can potentially be incorrectly calculated, resulting in workers not being included in a protective and pro-active HCP.

In this session, Accredited Occupational Hearing Conservationist Robert G. Brauch will discuss all aspects of how to correctly assess noise exposures using best-practice methods and measurement tools – so you can implement and manage a fully functioning and effective HCP that meets and exceeds the requirements of OSHA 1910.95 and/or MSHA Part 62. Brauch will also discuss the key performance indicators of an effective HCP.

You will get comprehensive knowledge of everything necessary to implement, manage and/or improve your hearing conservation program as required by OSHA CFR 1910.95. You will get relevant, practical examples of assessment strategies, sampling methods, and exposure analysis that reduce potential liability from hearing loss compensation claims. Brauch will explain all aspects of the process, including: the fundamental physics of sound, measuring noise exposure accurately, health effects, and the hierarchy of controls needed to cost-effectively eliminate risk of workers’ hearing loss. This session will empower you to be more effective in reducing liability for your company.

Session Highlights

This session will cover:

  • Scope and impact of noise-induced hearing loss
  • Health effects – auditory and non-auditory
  • Measurement standards and regulatory guidelines
  • Principles and basics of acoustics and noise measurement
  • Instrumentation operation, performance and data reporting
  • Practical considerations for noise exposure measurement
  • Hearing conservation program considerations
  • New developments in noise induced hearing loss prevention

Session Objectives

After attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Perform risk and exposure assessments using various noise measurement instruments
  • Understand reporting requirements, recordkeeping and other aspects of regulatory compliance
  • Know the importance and costs associated with implementing administrative and/or engineering controls to limit noise exposure
  • Do proper selection of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as earplugs, muffs and noise-limiting communications devices
  • Meet regulatory requirements of OSHA and MSHA regarding hearing conservation
  • Reduce workers’ compensation claims from noise-induced hearing loss
  • Build, manage and/or improve the performance of your HCP
  • Increase worker participation in hearing loss prevention programs
  • Help inform management and ownership groups of the fiscal importance of an HCP
  • Understand the basic principles of noise, noise reduction and hearing preservation
  • Identify when noise-induced hearing loss is NOT work related, and not compensable

Who Should Attend

Anyone with responsibility for the safety and health of workers and employees, and/or regulatory compliance concerns for safety health and environmental issues, including:

  • Director of Environmental Safety and Health (EHS)
  • Safety manager
  • Safety engineer
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Safety coordinator
  • Safety committee member
  • HR manager
  • HR professional
  • General manager
  • Plant manager
  • Mine operator
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Process safety manager
  • Process engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Plant safety director
  • Labor union safety leader/group member
  • EH&S manager
  • Regulatory compliance manager
  • Workers compensation attorney
  • Audiologist
  • Hearing conservationist
  • Anyone concerned with preventing hearing loss in the workplace
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About Our Speaker

Robert G. Brauch

Rob Brauch is a CAOHC-Accredited Occupational Hearing Conservationist and a 30+ year member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) serving on their Noise Technical Committee from 2000 (Chair in 2004). He is also a member of American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE), the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) and the Acoustics Society of America. Chairman of ANSI S.1 Standards Working Group 7,...   More Info
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